Britney Spears’ father, Jamie, announced in court papers Thursday he will step down as conservator of his daughter’s estate, marking a major victory for the pop star, who has long decried his involvement in the conservatorship.
In court papers first obtained by TMZ, Jamie Spears’ attorneys insist there are no grounds for his suspension or removal as conservator, but he will step aside because “he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests.”
The singer vociferously called for her father’s removal as conservator during an emotional June court hearing, during which she also called for an end to the 13-year conservatorship. Her attorney, Mat Rosengart, filed court papers late last month requesting that Jamie Spears be removed as conservator and replaced by Woodland Hills accountant Jason Rubin.
Rosengart has not yet filed papers seeking to end the conservatorship.
In Jamie Spears’ new court papers, his lawyers said their client has been “the unremitting target of unjustified attacks” about his work as conservator. Jamie Spears has repeatedly defended his work in the role, claiming in papers earlier this month that he took his daughter’s estate “from being in debt and facing tens of millions of dollars in lawsuits to a current value of well over $60 million.”
“So even though he must contest this unjustified petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator,” according to the new court documents. “As the court has likely surmised, before Ms. Spears’ new attorney arrived, Mr. Spears had already been working on such a transition with Ms. Spears’ former court-appointed counsel, Sam Ingham.”
A court hearing on Rosengart’s petition to remove or suspect Jamie Spears had not been scheduled until Sept. 29. In response to Spears’ decision to step aside, Rosengart issued a statement saying, “We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed. It is vindication for Britney. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms. Spears and others.
“We look forward to continuing our vigorous investigation into the conduct of Mr. Spears, and others, over the past 13 years, while he reaped millions of dollars from his daughter’s estate, and I look forward to taking Mr. Spears’ sworn deposition in the near future.”
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